888Sport Handicap Chase
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Grade 3 Handicap,
Kempton Park 15:35
£100,000 added,
5yo plus, 3m, Class 1    
Saturday 23rd February 2019

1 Walt 14/1
2 Double Shuffle 8/1
3 Adrien Du Pont 11/2
10 ran Distances: 1l, 4l, ½l
Time: 5m 58.60s (slow by 4.60s)

Walt wins by a length!

Walt beat Double Shuffle, making the most of receiving 20lb, in the Grade 3 over three miles for Sam Twiston-Davies, Neil Mulholland and owner Phil Simmonds.

Course specialist Double Shuffle - who was second in this race in 2017 and also runner-up to Might Bite in the King George VI Chase - made the running with Didero Vallis until going on in the straight with three fences left to jump.

Walt had never been far away in the hands of Sam Twiston-Davies and Neil Mulholland's eight-year-old was not going to be beaten once he got his head in front.

He crossed the line a length to the good from Double Shuffle, with Adrien Du Pont four lengths away in third.

Mulholland said: "That was great. We just tried to freshen him up after last time. We won this race a couple of years ago with Pilgrims Bay and we thought this lad was a similar type of horse.

"With the ground being as it is we thought we would enter him and thankfully it has all worked out. I think the visor has done a good job. He enjoys being aggressively ridden and likes to be up there.

"I'd say the Ultima Handicap Chase at Cheltenham is probably where we will go. I will speak to Sam, but I think we will stay over this trip."

He added of a change of luck from last weekend: "I thought Carole's Destrier was unlucky in the Grand National trial (at Haydock) last week, I've never seen him travel so well in a race, but that is life.

"Thankfully seven days later we are here and it is good."

888Sport Handicap Chase
£100,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m, Class 1
10 ran
Going: Good

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Walt (IRE) 14/1 Sam Twiston-Davies
10-6
N P Mulholland 8
2nd 1 Double Shuffle (IRE) 8/1 J J Burke
11-12
T R George 9
3rd 4 Adrien Du Pont (FR) 11/2 H Cobden
11-9
P F Nicholls 7
4th ½ Romain De Senam (FR) 8/1 Harry Skelton
10-9
P F Nicholls 7
5th Talkischeap (IRE) 4/1j Wayne Hutchinson
11-3
A King 7
6th 1 Glen Rocco 4/1j L P Aspell
10-9
N J Gifford 8
7th 12 Modus 12/1 B J Geraghty
11-6
P F Nicholls 9
8th Didero Vallis (FR) 16/1 Charlie Deutsch
10-8
Miss V Williams 6
9th Rather Be (IRE) 13/2 J McGrath
11-6
N J Henderson 8
10th 12 Catamaran Du Seuil (FR) 20/1 Charlie Hammond (5)
10-13
Dr R D P Newland 7